Sheriff: High speed chase up I-5 ends with empty gas tank

Sheriff: High speed chase up I-5 ends with empty gas tank

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Two people are behind bars after authorities say they led police on a high speed chase up I-5 in a stolen truck.

On January 5, a Roseburg resident reported their 1997 Ford F-150 pickup and utility trailer had been stolen.

On Tuesday at about 6:30 pm, Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Sutherlin Police Department spotted the pickup driving on Central Avenue in Sutherlin.

Authorities say the driver of the pickup, later identified as Tamara Dawn Hughes, 39, of Sutherlin, headed North on Interstate 5 and refused to pull over.

Deputies say Hughes drove the pickup at speeds that reached 95 miles per hour.

As the pickup approached milepost 162 it slowed down, and deputies say Robert Garay, 31, of Sutherlin, jumped from the vehicle and took off on foot.

Officials say that after a short foot chase, Garay was taken into custody.

The pickup continued a short distance before it ran out of gas, and Hughes was taken into custody, deputies said.

Hughes was lodged in the Douglas County Jail, charged by deputies with attempting to elude, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, driving while suspended and probation violation charges.

Garay was also lodged in the jail, charged by deputies with unlawful possession of methamphetamine and a probation violation out of Multnomah County.

Investigators later located the stolen utility trailer, along with the pickup canopy and tools inside a shop at Hughes' residence in the 1600 block of Trails End Lane in Sutherlin.